Above: Joanna Lumley opens the Peter Pan statue at Garden Wise
in Dumfries in 2011, and then in 2013 HRH Princess Anne addresses
the crowds beside Robert Burns' Rock. The designer David Gulland is the third person to the right of the Princess.
Tragically, Mr. Gulland died just elven days after this opening ceremony.
THE PEOPLE'S PROJECT
The time has come to look beyond
culture," - the selfishness and the blame, - and instead consider what we might be able to offer our town, - our region,
- our country and ultimately our world.
"We must find a
willingness to find a meaning in something greater than oursleves" (Said President Barack Obama in his inaugural
- and that meaning might be simply being of service to our community.
not go where the path may lead, - but go instead where there is no path........and leave a trail" (Waldo
Be different in your thinking, - dismiss thoughts of blame, - and be brave enough to make a difference.
Those of us who dare to change our pre-conceived notions will see an immediate change.......
Take litter for example:
- Almost all of us blame our council's for the mess, - but the reality is that the solution lies in our own hands!
90% of the litter adorning our streets is cleaner than the average door handle or railing, - so don't leave it there,
- pick it up and find a bin!
"It only takes a second to pick up a piece of litter,"
so go on- spare that one second every day, - and together we will solve the litter problem - with no blame, - no pain and no cost....
THE PEOPLE'S PROJECT IS FOR
EVERYONE, - NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE, - IF YOU HAVE A DREAM, - WHY NOT MAKE IT A REALITY BY STARTING YOUR OWN PROJECT?
Many of the world's problems are caused by greed and avarice, - equally, - in Dumfries
and Galloway, - some problems could be solved by giving and sharing.
Can you spare a little money to serve the good of
humanity? To use the analogy of the loaves and fishes, - the five thousand were fed by sharing the available food equally.
The People's Project aims to help and support the whole of our local community.
This is not about personal empire
building, - but all about sharing.
The aims of The People's
- Through community involvement we aim to crown Dumfries
and Galloway "The Queen of the South"
- To give people the opportunity
to make a difference to their communities
- To create
an eco-friendly environment, making Dumfries and Galloway the cleanest place in the UK and a top tourist destination
I would like people to identify projects which could be tackled on a "Challenge Aneka" type basis,
- providing local communities an opportunity to feel they belong. An example might be: To convert a piece of wasteland
in your street into a garden or choose an old hall, - and renovate it by using volunteer plumbers ; joiners; painters
; electricians etc, - to transform the building into community use. The possibilities are endless, - and .....................................
the only limit is YOUR imagination.
"Essentially, - I'd like the public to embrace the PP; for them to realise that
this is their opportunity to make a difference to their communities. We're all happy to raise money
for good causes all over the world, - and that should obviously continue, - but sometimes charity should begin at home, -
for the benefit of everyone."
IT'S NOT ABOUT WHAT YOUR
TOWN (AND REGION) CAN DO FOR YOU, - BUT MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR TOWN AND (REGION).
"I PASSIONATELY BELIEVE THAT A STRONG REGIONAL CAPITAL, - BRINGS CAPITAL TO THE ENTIRE REGION."
Mark Jardine, The People's Project